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It's technically a part of this decade, but 'N Sync feels like the product of another era.
It's technically a part of this decade, but 'N Sync feels like the product of another era. courtesy of the artist
The decades never break as cleanly as the calendar might suggest. The time period people regard as "the '60s" often stretches well into the early '70s, culturally speaking, while the music, fashion and politics of the '80s run from roughly 1982 until the election of Bill Clinton 10 years later. Revisiting 'N Sync's ubiquitous 2000 hit "Bye Bye Bye," it's hard to imagine the song coming from this decade at all: It exists in a shadowy pre-Sept. 11 world in which telegenic boys perform elaborate G-rated dance moves in unison while selling honkloads of CDs to fans who also collect — and perhaps even play with — the action figures inspired by those boys' videos.
[Read the rest of this story here, and keep coming back to Song of the Day each weekday between Nov. 9 and Nov. 20. We'll survey the past decade, one year (and one song) at a time, with an emphasis on America's most popular music. The picks don't exactly qualify as musical discoveries, but they do have something to say about the 10 years we're about to leave behind. Song of the Day will return to new music on Monday, Nov. 23.]